This week’s church family article is shared by Jen Farmer…
Why is it important to know who you are? Your identity drives your actions!
Have you ever tried to define yourself? This happens most often and simplistically when we introduce ourselves to a new person. We attempt to let them know who we are in a few sentences. “ Hi! I’m Jen Farmer! I live in Memphis, TN and work part-time as a counselor. I’ve got three kids, an awesome husband, and a big hairy dog!”
There are certain times in life that people seem to spend more time trying to figure out who they are: College years are spent investigating personal and professional interests. 40’s are spent trying to figure out who you’ve become now that your kids have left the nest!
Recently, I saw a YouTube video that addressed this topic. It asked, “Am I… What I do? What others think of me? What I have achieved? The things I have done right or wrong? As a Christian, the answer to this question is, “I am who God says I am.” Curious to know who God says you are? Do a quick Pinterest search on “identity in Christ.” You’ll find tons of scripture that helps you understand who you are in God’s eyes, and it’s ALL encouraging! Here are a few I like most:
*Loved- John 3:16
*Forgiven- Ephesians 1:7-9
*A friend of Christ- John 15:15
*Righteous & Holy- Ephesians 4:24
*Protected- John 10:28
Why is it important to know who you are? Your identity drives your actions! If you identify yourself first as an athlete, you’ll spend lots of time practicing your sport. If you identify yourself first as a mother, your life will quickly be filled with activities geared toward children. If you primarily see yourself as a professional, you’ll base your sense of self-worth on your successes and failures at work.
If you identify yourself first and foremost as a Christian, your cup will overflow with the blessings only God can give. The voids left behind by worldly disappointments will be filled by the fullness of Christ. Life won’t always go your way, but that won’t matter because you’ll understand that God’s way is better. The best part about finding your identity in Christ is that your value and purpose can never be lost. Eventually, athletes have to put their sport to rest. Mothers feel needed less and less as their children grow up. Professionals retire. But as Christians, we never outgrow who God says we are. It’s eternal!
Paul David Tripp says, “If you are not attaching your identity to the unshakable love of your Savior, you will ask the things in your life to be your savior. And it will never happen.”